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The Victory Palace, Upwell St. - www.picturesheffield.

The Victory opened in October 1921. Externally, the building was undistinguished except for "The Victory" which was displayed in coloured red glass and illuminated at night. Seating capacity was around 850 which included 300 in the balcony. The pit had a separate entrance with the front pay-boxes dispensing stalls and balcony tickets. Twin staircases let up to the balcony lounge. One attraction of the balcony was the availability of twin 'love' seats on the end of each row. A single manual organ, a Clavorchester built by Sheffield company Brindley & Foster, accompanied the films and was also used for recitals. The organist was J.Percy Hall.

By 1924 the owners were in severe financial difficulty and the company wound up and a Leeds cinema owners syndicate took over the running of the hall.

Western Electric sound equipment was installed in 1930 but silent films were still screened for children's Saturday matinees. The Victory opened on Sundays from March 1946 until shortly before it closed on 6 July, 1957. It was only the fourth Sheffield cinema to close since the end of WW2.

Info: Sheffield Cinemas.

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The Victory Palace, Upwell St.

The Victory opened in October 1921. Externally, the building was undistinguished except for "The Victory" which was displayed in coloured red glass and illuminated at night. Seating capacity was around 850 which included 300 in the balcony. The pit had a separate entrance with the front pay-boxes dispensing stalls and balcony tickets. Twin staircases let up to the balcony lounge. One attraction of the balcony was the availability of twin 'love' seats on the end of each row. A single manual organ, a Clavorchester built by Sheffield company Brindley & Foster, accompanied the films and was also used for recitals. The organist was J.Percy Hall.

By 1924 the owners were in severe financial difficulty and the company wound up and a Leeds cinema owners syndicate took over the running of the hall.

Western Electric sound equipment was installed in 1930 but silent films were still screened for children's Saturday matinees. The Victory opened on Sundays from March 1946 until shortly before it closed on 6 July, 1957. It was only the fourth Sheffield cinema to close since the end of WW2.

Info: Sheffield Cinemas.

I spent my Saturday mornings at The Victory as a child until it shut. I remember really looking forward to going every week. Also a chance to meet up with school friends from Grimesthorpe school.

John

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John Brown, Manager, The Victory Palace, Upwell Street (Kelly's 1925)

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